Armenia’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has not been without controversy. In 2012, the country opted not to participate in the contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan due to political tensions between the two countries. This was a disappointment, as the ESC aims to promote music and cultural exchange without political influence. In 2020, Armenia was set to be represented by Athena Manoukian in Rotterdam, but the contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all other countries, Armenia was forced to take a pause in its ESC participation.